Am I eligible to apply for accommodation?
As long as you will be a full time first year student and have made Winchester your firm choice (either through UCAS or directly with us), then you are eligible to apply. The application deadline is 1st August 2013. Priority is given to students who live more than 25 miles away from Campus. Information on our Service Aim can be found here.
I have chosen Winchester as my insurance choice, can I apply?
You are only eligible to apply for accommodation if you have made Winchester your firm choice. Once results have been issued in August and you know you are coming to Winchester, check our website or contact Student Housing Services to find out what you need to do next.
If we are not able to offer you a room in University housing, we will provide helpful information and advice about finding accommodation off-campus and have set up Facebook pages and contact lists to keep you in touch with other new students. We are also able to provide you with access to available properties and rooms via our website www.winchesterstudentpad.co.uk. You are able to apply to be placed on a waiting list for University accommodation (on or off campus) as it comes up throughout the first term.
I live within 25 miles, can I apply?
Yes, you are still able to apply as long as Winchester is your firm choice. However, if we are oversubscribed for Housing we won’t be able to guarantee you a room before the start of term. If we are unable to allocate you a room straight away, we will contact you in August with information of what you can do next. If you live within 25 miles you will automatically be placed on a waiting list for university managed accommodation as we usually get a number of rooms that come back to us both before the start of term and during the first term. You can also request information on looking for alternative accommodation and details about commuting.
How do I apply?
Applications will be available online here in early April. You will need to make your application online and will only be able to do this once you have accepted Winchester as your firm choice and hold either a conditional or unconditional offer. You will be prompted to ‘Create account’ and to do this you will need your 7 digit Winchester ID Number which can be found on your correspondence from the University (sometimes referred to as your ‘username’). Contact us if you’re not sure. You will also need to enter an email address, make sure that you use an address that you will have access to in September (some school or college email accounts close down in August).
You will receive an email to confirm your account has been created and then a further email once your application is complete.
You will be asked to choose your top 3 preferences for accommodation, so make sure you have read through the information on all your options.
Can I see the accommodation?
There are opportunities to view the accommodation but, as there are students in residence during term time, these must be booked through our Admissions Team.
Can I bring my car, motorcycle or bicycle?
There is no parking available for motor vehicles, including motorcycles, on site if you live in our Halls of Residence.
We do have secure bicycle storage areas by each Halls.
Can I live in residences after my first year?
At the moment we cannot accommodate returning students in Halls.
We do guarantee housing to all international students and those with a disability or medical need to be in Halls for the duration of their course.
Can I live in the residences during the summer?
Yes, we do have accommodation available over the Summer. Information about this is usually available in April from Student Housing Services.
How do I pay?
You can pay the rent all in one go and receive a discount off the total or set up a direct debit to pay in three installments which are in line with your loan payments. Click here for further information about costs and payment.
What do I need to bring?
All on campus study-bedrooms are furnished with a bed, chair, desk, wardrobe, bookshelf space and a noticeboard. All on campus accommodation has a sink unit (except West Downs Modular accommodation), En-Suite study rooms have their own WC, shower and sink unit.
Students are required to provide their own bedding including sheets, pillows, pillowcases and duvet, duvet cover or blankets.
Self catered kitchens are fitted with an electric cooker, microwave, fridge freezer and a kettle. It is a good idea to hold off purchasing extra appliances, such as sandwich toasters, until you arrive as students may wish to buy these together as a house. Students will need to bring crockery, including cups, plates, dishes, and so on (suitable for microwave use) and cutlery. All cutlery and cooking utensils, pots and pans must be suitable for electric hob use. It is also advisable to bring tea towels, dishcloths and coat hangers.
Students in catered accommodation will have use of a small kitchenette so will need to bring cutlery, crockery and cups. There is use of a microwave and fridge.
Bedding and Kitchen packs can be ordered when you make your application – details of what is included and the cost will be indicated before you make your order.
How are the rooms allocated?
The allocation of rooms is undertaken on a first come first serve basis and will commence after the release of exam results in August, rooms will be allocated in date order from when the application was received. We do aim to allocate students into one of their 3 preferences. However, the later you apply the less likely this will be. If we are not able to offer you one of your preferences, we will offer you an alternative room.
When will I hear what room I have?
We start sending room allocations out, by email, in early September. You will need to make sure you have your login details from when you created your account to apply. You will need to make sure you accept your license agreement online before you arrive at the University.
Can I change my allocation?
You won’t be able to change your allocation as all our rooms will be full. If when you move in to your room, you would still like to change, please come and speak to Student Housing Services about your options. We do offer a room transfer service but this is subject to what rooms we may have available and any waiting lists in operation.
What happens if I choose to cancel?
If you have made the decision to not take the accommodation, then you will just need to make sure you let us know in writing (email is fine). We will then make sure we cancel your allocation. If you make the decision after you arrive at the University, you will need to visit Student Housing Services for information on withdrawing from the accommodation as costs may apply.
When do I move in to my accommodation?
Information about arrivals will be updated on the website soon. Move ins are usually facilitated over two days.